OCEAN SPRINGS -- The teen boy who was killed in an early-morning car chase with police has been identified.
Jackson County coroner Vicki Broadus said Markell Hill, 16, died from injuries related to blunt-force trauma after he was ejected from the vehicle.
Ocean Springs police Cpt. William Jackson said officers began a pursuit about 2:40 a.m. Saturday of a 1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that had been reported stolen in Biloxi earlier this month.
The pursuit began at Hanley Road and Government Street in Ocean Springs and ended when the Monte Carlo crashed on Old Spanish Trail in Gautier, Jackson said.
Both of the teen boys in the vehicle were ejected from the car, Jackson said. Hill died at the scene. The driver, who has not been identified, was taken to Ocean Springs Hospital and is considered in critical condition with severe injuries to his neck and spine.
Jackson said the Monte Carlo got up to almost 100 mph during the chase and wrecked when the driver lost control attempting to make a sharp turn.
Jackson said several traffic-related charges are pending against the survivor. Jackson said other charges could be filed after officials receive the results of the toxicology tests.
Jackson said the investigation into both the accident and the theft of the car are ongoing.